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COMMENDING GAIL BLANKENSHIP UPON THE OCCASION OF HER RETIREMENT

WHEREAS, Gail Blankenship has served the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) for 25 years in an exemplary manner; and

WHEREAS, Gail Blankenship has served in various pivotal roles in the department including fund accountant, payroll manager, and personnel manager, beginning her career at the entry level and working her way up while obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Accounting and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management, both from Troy University Montgomery; and

WHEREAS, as payroll manager, Gail Blankenship was most effective in maintaining financial stability and sound accountability standards in the Office of Financial Management’s Payroll Unit; and

WHEREAS, during her tenure as personnel manager, Gail Blankenship successfully coordinated all personnel actions for all divisions of the Alabama State Department of Education including establishing professional development programs, developing and coordinating outlets for employee recognition such as ALSDE Employee of the Quarter and EdNotes, and leading committees charged with ensuring the health and safety of ALSDE employees; and

WHEREAS, in addition to her service with the Alabama State Department of Education, Gail Blankenship has served as Vice President and President of the Alabama State Employees Association, as a Montgomery Chapter of the Society of Human Resources Board Member, and Site Coordinator for the State Employee Injury Compensation Trust Fund; and

WHEREAS, Gail Blankenship has amassed many professional accolades throughout her career, including her selection as the Alabama State Department of Education Employee of the Quarter (July-Sept 2008) and membership into the International Public Management Association for Human Resources as well as the National Association of Professional Women; and

WHEREAS, Gail Blankenship conducted the business of the Alabama State Department of Education with integrity, dedication, and empathy for her colleagues:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education does hereby express its gratitude to Gail Blankenship for her dedicated and distinguished service to the Alabama State Department of Education and its employees, and does hereby commend Gail Blankenship for 25 years of exemplary service; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education does hereby extend its best wishes to Gail Blankenship for a long and enjoyable retirement.

Done this 13th day of June 2013